Saturday 18 November 2017

Rue de la Gaite 70s - 1976-1979 archives

Ariel Kalma:  “I was always curious. I learned how to record. I travelled to all kinds of countries and met gifted musicians playing all kinds of instruments. After learning how to ‘go inside’, I heard all strange sound effects and silences in my head… that meant lots of recordings! I kept copies in various formats and digitalised it all. This album was recorded… Rue de la Gaite, between 1976-1979 in Paris where I lived. 
Brahim el Belkani from Marrakesh camped my living room/recording studio, and often played music Morrocan G’nawa style mixed with Indian style and jazzy improvisations - Loy Ehrlich was one of them and we recorded several sessions with other visiting friends I had met while traveling. “

Ariel Kalma:  all compositions, cover art, remastered with the modern technical knowledge of Kamal Engel @ Art of Audio, Byron Bay..

1.    Rue de la Gaite,  6:45 (1979)
Babu : tablas, Loy Ehrlich : Farfisa Professional keyboard,  Ariel Kalma : saxophone

2.    Ravajaman, 4 :45 (1981)
Nand Kishor : tablas, Ariel Kalma : saxophone

3.    Salam Paix Peace, 4 :57 (1976)
Loy Ehrlich: hajouj bass, Ariel Kalma: saz, vocals, saxophone, gong, sound effects

4.    Harmony Om, 4 :41  ((1978)  
Ariel Kalma: electric guitar, pedal harmonium, harmonic voice, ocean waves, effects.

5.    Montparnasse Morocco: 4:13 (1976) (Not on LP)
Brahim el Belkani: djonkoloni hajouj bass, vocals, Loy Ehrlich: pedal harmonium, Ariel Kalma: percussion, qraqeb cymbals, harmonic vocals, sound effects

6.    Sand And Wind, 21:43 (1976)
Brahim el Belkani: djonkoloni hajouj bass vocals, Loy Ehrlich: tablas – Ariel Kalma: flute, pedal harmonium, delay, sound effects

...speaking of traveling, here is a text that I wrote at that time...

Couleurs changeantes

D’un coin du monde a l’autre j’ai usé mes souliers
j’ai croise des regards, j’ai vaincu l’apparence,
échangé des sourires de paix, compris ou ignores.
Les étoiles, c’était mon chemin de l’errance,
et la lune rythmait les saisons de l’esprit:
… couleurs changeantes

 Je cherche Dieu d’amour,
trop souvent j’ai trouvé Kali la destructrice.
Depuis Mindanao jusqu’aux Himalayas
de murmures humains vibrait le silence
chants de mort, Mantras ou maux d’amour:
… couleurs changeantes

Illusion du passe-futur, espérance
tu combats l’ignorance
l’étoile dit la profondeur
En changeantes couleurs

Je suis ne tant de fois
je voyage bien souvent en étant immobile
quelquefois riche, d’autres sage
j’ai souvent les fourmis dans les jambes

La ronde des visages aux fenêtres de l’âme
les Sages du chemin donnent la direction,
et l’ami d’un instant a qui tout est offert:
Compagnons de la découverte!
… Couleurs changeantes

                                                               Ariel Kalma, Kabul, 1974

Thursday 13 July 2017

Specials For Subscribers and Collaborations

Good news for you, free music and collaborate with me if you wish...

Today I offer you:

1. Specials For Subscribers: 
I will give (free) one new track every 2 weeks for subscribers only until a new album is finished and for sale to the general public! 

A great opportunity to get "new" music from my vast archives, as soon as it goes out of my studio. I recorded lots of music since the early 70's! Now I am sorting out my archives and will publish more and more compositions... plus new ones of course... plus bonus items from my back-catalog, subscriber-only specials etc...

I want to create with you!
Here is a short loop that I found in my archives, with my strong encouragements to use it to create your own mix. Then send me a link so I can listen? The best mixes will be included in a future album!  If used  commercially at your end, please mention:  JW 2010 Kalma (c) Ariel Kalma


3. Free 'New Track': 1985 Kula Blackhole (click text)
Enjoy this gift from outer space to my inner space ...

In 1985 on Maui, living high up on the Haleakala mountain, I got very inspired by the island vibes, the night skies, and that special silence... I recorded this piece with a simple portable setup:
Yamaha PortaStudio keyboard,
Wasp minisynth and
Tascam 4track cassette recorder.
Remastered 2017 with effects.

Thanks, merci, gracias, obligado, danke, toda, grazzie, shukran, jeram je, etcete re  


Thursday 22 June 2017

Confidential - Never Mind - 1985 Kula Blackhole -

Where was I?   Lost in Time... Is it Spaced out? ...In?

Right now I finished the album  'Confidential' . Ama, my wife, told me I should write a blog about it, you know, talk stories... I also have to write about the other 3 albums being born out of my archives!...  Never Mind - 1985 Kula Blackhole - Dream Stars


Confidential Intimate Sax Off The Record

Recorded between 1981 and... not so long ago - in Maui, Hamburg, Paris, Montreal, Mullumbimby... lots of relax with smooth tender sax and simple arrangements, even a romantic flute ballad - listen here.

Never Mind

Never Mind   Introspective Changes Perspective

Dark mysterious mixes towards a trance space inside. Also some humor because we need to lighten up if we want the light at the end of the tunnels of our minds! What we need is Strength and Courage - listen here.

1985 Kula Blackhole

1985 Kula Blackhole   A long journey into space:

(pay what you want) in 1985 on Maui, living high up on the Haleakala mountain, I got very inspired by the island vibes, the night skies, and that special silence... this is a 20-min track

Dream Stars

Dream Stars  Voyage into Dreamtime.

Live recording (analog tapes) from 1977 at the Paris Planetarium where Ariel did a series of concerts, and remastered 2016. Listen

More archives coming soon, including some French and English poetry read into music.

Hugs and love,


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Thursday 8 September 2016

Ariel Kalma = FIVE New Albums from Archives !

Analog tapes... the sound is so smooth...

I have the feeling I'm polishing pearls and make necklaces/albums... one after the other...
Between 1/4" tapes, cassette masters and DAT tapes, I have about 150 hours of music from the last 4 decades. Some tracks are ready, some need adjustments, others have to be remixed... digitalised all of them, then remastered, each with modern plugins with the technical help of Kamal Engel,

See them all at

Sometimes a memory surface as to when I composed or recorded a piece. 'Slow Space Rumba' for example comes from a song composed near a fireplace when I was comforting a friend going through a break-up.

Sometimes I fall into trance (even falling on my keyboard)  because I designed strange left-right brain effects... that works!

In '1978 Delirium GRM', I laughed at my (then) attempts to create electro-acoustic compositions inspired by my time as assistant at the Musical Research Group (GRM) in Paris. Interesting mixes from that time!

Or I recall the full version of a meaningful harmonium piece lasting 45 minutes during a full moon night in a remote church in France...

Many times I travel through space and time because I am really, really inspired by the cosmic play around us.... so big... so I try to create big spaces...

Now I have to go and start selecting new pearls for future albums...  until zen, wishing you a great journey into the mystery of life...!

Hugs and love,


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Tuesday 5 April 2016

I love this new montage mixing analog synthesisers with my (Ariel's) set up! We thought the session would be including the other member of Hypnolia, an electro-synth from Murwillumbah, but he was sick.... so Dr Greg came alone. 

I went a bit further with the audio mixes, the video montage and effects. Steep learning curve! Progressing into video tech is rewarding to me!

What do you thing about this episode? write a comment, subscribe, pass on the news...

Merci beaucoup, thanks a lot!

#ConcertSalon II  - ambient electronica poetry with Ariel Kalma & Dr Greg.

Thursday 17 March 2016

#ConcertSalon Happening!

#ConcertSalon is alive and well.

#ConcertSalon 2 is in the making.

For now we have Hypnolia confirmed. A duo Space Music band from Brisbane. They also work with synths, loops, beats and add Live goodies and electric guitar to their mixes... They'll play some, I'll play some, We'll play some... sounds promising!

I have an amazing array of tools to play with - multiplying possibilities to record good quality audio and videos ! (and lots of buttons to tweak )

In the pic (left) is only a recorder as a music instrument, but there are many more unseen ones...

#ConcertSalon is alive and well. I wish #ConcertSalon was really Live.

So I could instantly share what inspires me in terms of lights, sounds, instruments, resonances, meanings, poetry, senses ... and absences...

Meanwhile I do 'almost Live'. That means Time gets shorter between MY Inspiration and YOUR Inspiration at Internet's end.... soon superposing into OUR Inspiration though the 101 Monkeys Law.

I am only half-joking in fact. How do you think I can keep being Inspired most of the Time? ... Because I tap into a pool of semi-conscious (or sub) states of various Ecstatic States Of Development (ESTOD) where I find the Infinitely Renewable Nutrients to Inspiration (IRNI). I actually wish to tap into the fully-conscious state very soon...

A bientot!

Oh, if you still did not see #ConcertSalon 1 then click here.
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